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Valence Borgia

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Ms. Borgia is Counsel in the firm's Paris office, where she focuses her practice on French/international commercial litigation and internal and international arbitration.

She acts both as counsel and arbitrator.

She is admitted to the New York and Paris Bar.

Ms. Borgia advises listed and unlisted companies in disputes and arbitrations, especially in the case of shareholder disputes, post-acquisition litigation, or contractual liability.

She has extensive experience in arbitration-related litigation (in particular with regard to the annulment of arbitral awards and the liability of arbitration actors) and in litigation between liberal professionals.

In addition to her contentious work, she regularly assists clients with amicable dispute resolution process, including negotiation and mediation.

Ms. Borgia joined the firm in 2009, and became Counsel in 2017.

Ms. Borgia was named one of the "30 rising stars" of the Bar of Business by the magazine Décideurs Finance et Droit in 2016.

She is co-founder of the "Wake up (with) Arbitration!" Breakfast debates dealing with the practical aspects of arbitration.

She is also Member of the Paris Bar Council, Honorary President of the Union of Young Lawyers, Member of the Board of the Equality Laboratory, Co-founder of the Women's Foundation, member of the Equality Committees of the Bar of Paris and of the National Bar Council, and Expert to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

She speaks French, English and Italian.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Borgia was an associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Department of a UK law firm in Paris.

She has extensive experience in resolving domestic and international disputes, whether in institutional or ad hoc arbitrations or litigation before state courts in various sectors such as transport, telecommunications, the media, agri-food industry, opera and waste management.

Professional/Civic Activities

She is:
  • Co-founder of the breakfasts "Wake up (with) Arbitration!" dedicated to the practical aspects of arbitration
  • Member of the Board of directors of Droit et Procédure
  • Honorary President of the Young Lawyers Union (2014-2015)
  • Member of the Professional Equality Commission of the Paris Bar
  • Expert to the Professional Equality Commission National Bar Council
  • Founder and member of the executive board of the Association for the Women's Foundation
  • Secretary General of the Equality Laboratory
  • Assistance and representation of a French listed company in a post acquisition arbitration, guarantee of assets and liabilities
  • Representation of a company in the British Virgin Islands under an ICC arbitration relating to the termination of an aircraft sales contract
  • Assistance oh the operator of an oil refinery in Libya in an arbitration with its crude oil supplier (ICC)
  • Assistance from an Emirati conglomerate in the context of a shareholder dispute relating to the ownership and control of an oil refinery in Libya (ICC)
  • Representation of a company in the British Virgin Islands in litigation relating to the insurance of works of art
  • Assistance from a French agri-food company in the context of a dispute relating to measures of inquiry likely to infringe trade secrecy
  • ICC arbitration relating to the execution of a contract in the television sector between Lebanese and Saudi companies
  • Arbitration relating to the execution of a shareholders' agreement in the agri-food sector
  • Assistance of a French listed company in the context of a dispute concerning the application of a bank guarantee on first demand
  • Representation of a Moroccan telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration concerning acts of unfair competition
  • Assistance of a French company in the context of various commercial disputes in the agri-food sector
  • Representation of a Tunisian company in several international arbitrations CCI related to defects of conformity of industrial equipment
  • Representation of a US company in an air transport accident
  • Appeals for the annulment of arbitral awards, resistance to enforcement of awards
  • Representation and assistance of arbitrators / arbitration institutions in post-arbitration disputes
  • Representation of a leading company in the field of security and telemonitoring systems in its disputes relating to contractual liability and unfair competition
  • Assistance of an American company in the context of a dispute related to the closure of a French plant
  • Representation of French and international companies in insurance disputes
  • Representation of numerous lawyers in the context of their professional disputes (disputes between partners, litigation, and ethics)